University of Pennsylvania—WXPN

1/3: Big George Brock lying down on the stage playing harmonica at the Philadelphia Folk Festival. Photo courtesy of WXPN.
2/3: WXPN’s Zydeco Crossroads. Photo by Hope Helmuth, courtesy of WXPN.
3/3: WXPN’s Zydeco Crossroads. Photo by Matthew Shaver, courtesy of WXPN.

WXPN (88.5 FM) is a public radio station operated by the University of Pennsylvania that may be best known for the World Cafe music program, which is distributed by National Public Radio to many non-commercial stations across the United States. With Center support in 2012, WXPN presented the successful year-long Mississippi Blues Project, which showcased the Mississippi blues as a vibrant folk art form in a series of local concerts, radio broadcasts, and an extensive interactive online initiative. The project featured eight artists who traveled to Philadelphia for their regional debuts. NeXtPN, a new Center-funded research initiative, will focus on better understanding the music-listening preferences of the Millennial generation. The results of this research will shape future programming and WXPN’s overall business model.


Grants & Grantees

The world premiere of a new chamber opera by composer-in-residence Missy Mazzoli and librettist Royce Vavrek, inspired by the 1996 film by Danish auteur Lars von Trier, tells the harrowing tale of a naive newlywed who has chosen to marry outside of her strict Calvinist community in coastal Scotland.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Dr. Linda Caruso Haviland, associate professor at Bryn Mawr College, is the founder and director of its dance program as well as the chair of the arts program.

This event features saxophonists/composers Ries and Zenón, and WNYC’s John Schaefer, as they address the unique challenges of collaborating across genres.

Grants & Grantees

Charlotte Blake Alston is a storyteller, a singer, and a 1994 Pew Fellow.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Kathleen McLean, principal of Independent Exhibitions, recently co-facilitated the Center’s project, No Idea Is Too Ridiculous, with Performa curator Mark Beasley.

Julia Wolfe explains how she transformed the historical nuggets of her research into a 45-minute live performance by the 140-voice Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Chris joined Portland Center Stage as artistic director in May 2000. Before coming to Portland, he was artistic director at Actor’s Express in Atlanta, a company he co-founded in 1988.

Grants & Grantees

Jeanne Murray Walker is a writer and a 1998 Pew Fellow.

Grants & Grantees

The Clay Studio developed a three-year strategic plan at a critical moment in its history, six years before the organization must relocate and leave its current facility.

Jazz Bridge presents a performance featuring saxophonist and Pew Fellow Odean Pope and pianist and Pew Fellow Dave Burrell.

Questions of Practice

American Impresario explores the careers and contributions of leading music curators throughout the country whose creative works have profoundly influenced the field.

Beth Sholom Synagogue planned for increased access to and interpretation of its building, the only synagogue ever designed by acclaimed American architect Frank Lloyd Wright.